Ideas - 12v LED Shed Lighting (1 Viewer)

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After ruling out providing permanent mains power due to the cost, I’m looking to sort out a reasonably cheap but effective way of providing light to a sea kayak storage shed, rather than using head torches in the winter.
It won’t need to be illuminated for long, probably only for 10 or 15 minutes, a couple of times a week, while putting the kayaks away.

I have a caravan battery and was thinking of running a couple of LED strip lights from it, but mounting a domestic style 12v switch near the door.

I have a couple of 240v work lights in there at the moment and just run an extension cable down the garden if I need to work in there after dark, so the 12v lights are just for convenience of quickly putting the boats away.
 

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I have that with a 10W solar on the roof and a £5 ebay PIR switch so the lights come on automatically.
 

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Lidl and Aldi regularly have solar charged lights with a movement sensor. Around £20 and works out of the box if you get one with a solar panel on a wire. I put 2 in the garden 4 years ago and still both working fine
 

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I got two of these out of the cheap shop in town a few weeks ago, don't do what I did and turn it on whilst looking at it, it nearly blinded me...


Oops, didn't read the thread title properly.
 
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Ikea used to do a cupboard light which runs off a pir sensor really cheap and might do the job. If you used it a lot the batteries could get expensive though

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I have that with a 10W solar on the roof and a £5 ebay PIR switch so the lights come on automatically.
Is that easy to wire Brian, me and electrickery don’t always see eye to eye :whistle:

I digress, but it started with an old bedside lamp, that had the brass pins in the bulb holder. I took the bulb out and thought I’d be able to get the tips of a pair of scissors to glow red hot if I lowered them on to the live pins. Obviously the electricity would take the route of least resistance, flow up to the fulcrum point and go back down to the other pin...... :doh:

Anyway, I’m still here...... and that’s after my dad removed the scissors from the ceiling, had to change the fuse wire and was kind enough to come back and educate me :rofl::rofl:
 

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Ken,

Pop down to DW Wards Automotive in Bishop and have a look at their selection of Maypole 12v LED lights bars, spots and light pods.

I bought a single12v Maypole 16xLED 1Ah pod with 1263 Lumens for £16 and it works a treat. It will light your shed up in style and, at 1Ah via a caravan battery, will last a long time too.

All the best,

Andrew
 
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Ken,

Pop down to DW Wards Automotive in Bishop and have a look at their selection of Maypole 12v LED lights bars, spots and light pods.

I bought a single12v Maypole 16xLED 1Ah pod with 1263 Lumens for £16 and it works a treat. It will light your shed up in style and, at 1Ah via a caravan battery, will last a long time too.

All the best,

Andrew
If you spend a bit more you could get a rechargeable jump starter pack with a light built in do 2 jobs
 
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You certainly would with a leisure battery.

I don't have time for funerals right now so better if a stop advising now.
I don’t blame you, but I survived the following 50 years.... so far ;)

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I ran an SY armoured cable out to my shed, it's not expensive :



I put a 13a switched, fused spur next to one of the garage sockets and wired it in. Mains is so much more useful in a shed :)
 

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